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"...a story about human resourcefulness in the face of an otherwise certain death on the surface of Mars."

Paul Lappen, Dead Trees Review

Science-fiction / humor / adventure 

Ligia, a young overweight geologist, copes with day-to-day harassment from her prospecting team mates advantaged by Mars’ high female-to-male ratio. While the specter of an all-out war looms over the Red planet, she imagines the floating cities of Venus, where the mostly male scientists work to reverse the hothouse effect of their inhospitable world.

When a freak accident leaves her stranded in the desert, Ligia has only a few hours of air left in her tanks. She must draw upon her meager resources and rising anger to extend her life.
But is survival really worth it when death can plunge from the sky at any moment?

A quirky SF novelette featuring a proud and resourceful heroine, squeezed inside a narrow-minded society. 

 

The critics have spoken

“…a story about human resourcefulness in the face of an otherwise certain death on the surface of Mars.” (Paul Lappen, Dead Trees Review)

…an account of a resourceful fat (this is a plot point) female protagonist stuck on Mars.” (Can. Lit. Reviews, no 200)

That story was originally published in TESSERACTS 10 (Edge Publishing), 2006, long before the movie The Martian!

Translation from the French version by Sheryl Curtis

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